His ship sank in a tempest and he lost everything.
Understand what you are doing before you do it. A shepherd, keeping watch over his sheep near the shore, saw the Sea very calm and smooth, and longed to make a voyage with a view to commerce. He sold all his flock, invested it in a cargo of dates, and set sail. But a very great tempest came on, and the ship being in danger of sinking, he threw all his merchandise overboard, and barely escaped with his life in the empty ship.
A Shepherd that kept his Sheep at no great distance from the sea, one day drove them close to the shore, and sat down on a rock to enjoy the cool breeze.
It was a beautiful summer day, and the ocean lay before him, calm, smooth, and of an enchanting blue. As he watched the white sails, and listened to the measured plash of the tiny wavelets on the pebbled beach, his heart thrilled with pleasure.
He passed away in his golden chair, spilling the last of the brandy, as the lizard gave up the ghost among the crumbs and silver. A crow and a rabbit had seen her swoop down and fly away, and each decided she had found something good to eat. One day a red squirrel who lived in a neighboring wood dropped in to look at the turtle and to listen to the ballyhoo. Flitter, who had never felt sick before in his life, felt sick, and decided to get the air. They decided to go to Tahiti to forget, but long before they reached Tahiti they had forgot.
The Shepherd narrowly escaped with his life, and was afterwards glad to earn his bread by watching the flock which had formerly been his own. In the course of time, when, by care and frugality, he had again become possessed of some amount of wealth, he happened to find himself sitting on the self-same rock, and on just such another day as that on which he had resolved to become a Merchant.
Others may confide their treasure to your treacherous care, but never, while I live, will I trust thy faithless bosom more. So that in all hast, he puts off his stock; buys a bargain of figs; gets his freight abord, and away presently to sea.
It happened to be very foul weather: Men may be happy in all estates if they will but suit their minds to their condition. The pictures completely fill most pages with the text printed over the scene so that some blocks of text might be difficult to read.
The book concludes with factual information that is divided into categories: Whether in the classroom, at home or with a youth group, the book could be used to facilitate discussion with elementary or middle school age students. It will probably find a wider audience in locales near ocean waters where readers have some first-hand experience with the animal behavior portrayed.
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